Here it is, February 15th. Another Valentine's Day come and gone. And, that's actually just fine with me. Traditionally, I have hated Valentine's Day. Way too many expectations, way too many opportunities for hurt feelings, and way too much sugar. I'm sure everyone could rattle off at least a handful of bad Valentine's Day memories. I could too, but for today, I am going to bask in my newfound appreciation, if not love, for this holiday.
I now take joy in making Valentine's Day all about the kids. Yesterday we made heart shaped pancakes with strawberry sauce and whipped cream for breakfast while the kids opened their trinkets. (Etch-a-sketches all around!) The kids drew pictures for each other, Jonah made little love notes for his mom and dad, and we had lots of hugs and kisses. Jonah thinks the most special thing in the world is to do "cheers" with sparkling grape juice in clear plastic glasses, so we made a nice dinner and had a toast. We ended the evening by putting the kids to bed and watching the Fireproof DVD that I bought Micah for the occasion.
So, as it turned out, we had virtually no expectations, no hurt feelings, and just a little sugar. I loved every minute of it. I hope you had similar success on this holiday. Blessings, and love, to you and yours!`